Overture Center for the Arts

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The center is the result of the renovation and expansion of the Madison Civic Center by a partnership of the Overture Foundation and the City of Madison. Completely funded by the Foundation, the project incorporates new, renovated, and rehabbed performance venues as well as new galleries for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Spaces include a new 2,255-seat multipurpose theatre (Overture Hall), a renovated 1,000-seat multipurpose theatre (Capitol Theater), a renovated 350-seat thrust theatre (Playhouse), a new 200-seat children's theatre (Rotunda Stage), a new 200-seat flexible theatre (Promenade Hall), and gallery space.

Overture Center for the Arts
Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Overture Development Corporation


Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects | Potter Lawson & Flad Architects | Rapp & Rapp (1928 architect)


Kirkegaard Associates


Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Kanopy Dance, touring productions

Seat count

200, 273, 347, 1089, 2255

Construction type


Theatre type

Arts center, Drama theatre, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre, Children's theatre


Feasibility study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website


Credit: Theatre Projects
Credit: Theatre Projects
Overture Center for the Arts
Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

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